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Pacific Northwest Trip: Owls by Day in Walla Walla *FULL*

*This is a self-catered tour. Lodging (book ahead), all meals, transportation, and park entrance fees are your responsibility. We will overnight in Walla Walla for two nights.

We’ll explore the unique habitat along the Columbia River, adjacent to the Blue Mountains on this self-catering winter trip to see owls by day in the Walla Walla area.

After leaving Portland, we will make several stops en route to Walla Walla. We will visit birdy places like Deschutes River Park, the John Day Dam, and Arlington and McNary National Wildlife Refuges. One major target will be Barrow’s Goldeneye.

The next day, we will join a local expert who will be taking us to some of their favorite sites around Walla Walla. It will be a special treat to get the inside scoop on all the rarities and specialties nearby. This area is known for having a robust wintering hawk population with possibilities of Prairie Falcon and Ferruginous Hawk. We will also search the best owl sites in Walla Walla, looking for day-roosting owls such as Great Horned, Barn, Northern Saw-Whet, Northern Pygmy, and Long-eared Owl.

On our final day, we will be working our way back to Portland, stopping at McNary Wildlife Area on the Oregon side (one of the best spots for wintering Harris’s Sparrow), Cold Springs National Wildlife Refuge, and Boardman. Our exact route home will depend on current sightings. 

Closer to the trip date, Stefan will email recommended accommodations as well as meeting details to all participants. 

See Owls by Day!

We’ll explore the unique habitat along the Columbia River, adjacent to the Blue Mountains on this self-catering winter trip to see owls by day in the Walla Walla area.

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Trip Details

  • Trip Leader: Stefan Schlick
  • Fee: 350 members / $450 non-members
  • When: February 24-26, 2023, 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Group size: Limited to 10 participants
  • What is Included: The services of your experienced Portland Audubon leader.
  • Not Included: Transportation, meals, and lodging

Participant Testimonials

“Really worked hard with the difficult weather conditions to get us all on a long list of target birds” – Owls by Day 2021 participant

“My learning curve got a lot steeper. Increased my knowledge about what birds said, did, ate, wore, lived, moved, nested, socialized with, got freaked out by, and where they did it and why. I learned so so much.” – Owls by Day 2021 participant

“Stefan is a great leader, very knowledgeable, and able to adapt the itinerary based on weather conditions and recent sightings.” – Owls by Day 2022 participant

Details

Start:
February 24, 2023
End:
February 26, 2023
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Organizer

Tara Lemezis
Email:
tlemezis@audubonportland.org